“The nakedness of woman is the work of God”

This is interesting as this has an element of truth to it that makes sense. Strictly speaking, God did create woman and she was made nude, as was Adam. So from the obvious point this is 100 percent true. What I find interesting is that Christians at the time would never talk about or condone the nakedness of a woman other than a wife in her marital bed. Though God created the body of the woman, it was shunned upon to show anything close to nudity. This makes this a bit of a paradox. The nakedness of woman was god’s creation, but society claims it is a sin to show it off.

There is another possible interpretation as well. The idea of nakedness could connect to vulnerability. Women were described as beings of emotion at the time, and could be considered vulnerable in this way, therefor naked. However, just as with the idea of nudity, this emotional state was shunned and frowned upon.

Since, either way, each is considered a sin to show in society, does that  mean that God created Sin? As these pieces are supposed to be Proverbs delivered from hell, this seems like something that the devil would say. The devil is known to be a twister of words, and a spinner of lies. He often plants seeds of doubt within the truth of God. In John 8:44 the bible says “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” I think this paradox is to not only point out that society at the time is mixing up God’s word and plan with the world’s word and plan. He is showing us the hypocritical nature of the times, while still showing us the nugget of truth that it is based on. IN the video below, it tells the story of Eve and the Serpent. The manipulation of Eve with words is very similar to what is being taught in society at the time. Also, the animation that we see in this video reminded me of Blake’s engravings that we have been studying. In the end, it is all manipulation to some extent.

-Chris Ingle